In August of 1900, the gawking citizens of Raleigh climbed every roof, tree and telephone pole on Fayetteville Street, craning their necks, shoving with elbows, wrangling for a spot to see Tom Jones hang.
The stay-at-home dads swooped in from Chicago and Canada, from Houston and High Point, flooding into Raleigh with their diaper bags, BabyBjorn carriers and minivan keys – full-time caregivers with whiskers and testosterone.
Raleigh Police officer J.D. Boyd describes how he arrested Cory Sanders last year after Sanders swung a knife at the officer when he attempted to break up a fight. The men reconnected recently as Boyd learned that Sanders now has a job and a new baby on the way. Boyd posted a photo of the two together with his story, which has now gone viral on Facebook.
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On rare and special days, the state lets swing wide the illustrious doors of the NC Capitol, inviting citizens to tour the hidden staircases and secret chambers, including the governor’s suite and the attic.
As a 9-year-old girl, she had the job of a “hander,” which means she toted leaves for her mother to tie into bundles. It’s a life that scarcely exists anymore. But this week, with the news still fresh from Charleston, one memory is especially sharp.
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